Francis
Alÿs
About

Francis Alÿs (BE, 1959) is a Mexico-based artist whose work emerges in the interdisciplinary space of art, architecture, and social practice. After leaving behind his profession as an architect, he has created a diverse body of artwork and performance art that explores urban tensions and geopolitics. Employing a broad range of media from painting to performance, his works examine the tension between politics and poetics, individual action and impotence.


The artist’s work was the subject of a major survey, A Story of Deception, which was on view from 2010 to 2011 at Tate Modern, London; Wiels Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York. Over the past decade, he has had several solo exhibitions at prominent venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2013); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2010); The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2008); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2007); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2006), Portikus, Frankfurt (2006), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2018), and Kanal-Centre Pompidou, Brussels (2018).

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18 February 2021

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